As the Senate races toward its year-end recess, all observers are surveying the confirmation landscape after Democrats unleashed the nuclear option last month. With a majority vote, the Senate changed its rules to require a majority vote when...
This year, one self-proclaimed “watchdog” called the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) has launched attacks on a select group of nonprofits it deems unworthy of your trust. Unfortunately, CMD has failed to disclose its own biases and serious failings when it comes to transparency and honesty.
Reagan should not be touted as a totem for Tea-partiers, who share nothing of his serious intellectual integrity, his work ethic, or his willingness to compromise with even the most serious of opponents -- from Mikhail Gorbachev to Tip O’Neill.
For television viewers living in the Northern Virginia suburbs this past fall, it was hard to miss one particular ad because it ran in a saturation rotation in the...
I believe the main problem with the measure is the name: Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ending Eavesdropping, Dragnet-collection, and On-line Monitoring Act; and especially the acronym it spells: USA FREEDOM. It’s almost as if the two lawmakers, who were architects of the 2001 law, learnt nothing from their previous experience in linguistic excess.
The IRS has been criticized — quite fairly — for spending the last two elections sitting on its hands while dark money groups, organized under section 501(c)(4) of the tax code, spent millions of dollars contributed by anonymous donors to run vituperative, deceptive political ads.
The Senate’s dramatic curtailing of filibuster use for executive and judicial nominees is a substantial break with the past. But most commentators have failed to note that the filibuster in its current form is itself a relatively recent development. The ‘modern’ filibuster, too, has design flaws that have contributed to unprecedented levels of obstruction in recent years. Because last week’s change in the filibuster rules applies only to nominees, these flaws will continue to threaten the Senate’s ability to pass legislation and govern.
Regrettably, in today’s politics of destruction, campaigns are mostly about destroying the opponent’s character and distorting their positions.
Mutually assured destruction is no longer a strong enough deterrent for the Republican Party.
I am a member of two enormous organizations in various stages of crisis: The Roman Catholic Church and the American Republican Party.